Happy Labor Day, dear readers!
Legislated as a federal holiday in 1894, Labor Day was begun in New York by labor leader Peter McGuire to honor the American worker. Remember the spirit of Labor Day and make your weekend celebration less work to have fun. Traditionally, Labor Day has become the last hurrah for parties, picnics, barbecues and days at the beach. Though the summer season still retains several weeks to go (officially, Sept. 22 is the first day of autumn) many folks view Labor Day and the beginning of the school year as a transition into autumn. Labor Day is Sept. 2.
Sept. 2 also celebrates VJ (Victory in Japan, 1945) Day ending action in World War II in the Pacific arena. Thank you, veterans.
Saturday morning, rise and shine for the Havre de Grace Farmers Market, 450 Pennington Ave. Booths set up 9 a.m. to noon.
Back-to-school sales dominate the television, newspapers and malls. September is National School Success Month, National Open House Month and Library Card Sign-Up Month.
The Grace Place Serving Center will host a free, hot meal luncheon, Sept. 3 (Tuesday) from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2107, to anyone in need who enters.
Stop by the visitor center, too, for the student quiz of the Lafayette Trail, created by the Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission for students in kindergarten through fifth grade and sixth to 12 grades to win an oval sticker, "I walked the Lafayette Trail." Lafayette Trail T-shirts are available for $10 at the Spencer-Silver Mansion B&B, 200 S. Union Ave., 410-939-1485. A great family fun project!
Take a guided historical walking tour every first weekend through November, Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. or schedule a tour by streets. Tickets available at http://www.mainstreethdg.com, 410-459-3840, 410-939-0565 or email@example.com.
While at the Visitor Center, purchase your special edition 2013 John O'Neill medallion, commemorating the War of 1812 local hero, to benefit the Havre de Grace Arts Commission. Medallions cost $10; reserve yours at 410-939-2100.
Alla Bradley informed me that Bill Braun will teach line dancing at the American Legion Post 47, 501 St. John St., 410-939-0234, on Thursdays, 6 to 10 p.m. A donation of $10 includes instruction, dancing, beer and water.
Lady luck smiles! The Knights of Columbus are selling raffle tickets ($1) for a grand prize, a 2014 Ford Mustang. Phone St. Patrick's Church, 410-939-2525, for details.
First Fridays will be held in Havre de Grace, Sept. 6, 5 to 9 p.m. Mark the calendar for Sept. 7, Boy Scout Troop 967 Spaghetti Dinner, 4 to 7 p.m., and Sept. 7, Children's Arts Festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Tydings Park.
Carol Zimmerman and George Wagner at Bahoukas Antique Mall, 408 N. Union Ave., 410-942-1290, are excited about the Golden Tomato contest (ends Oct. 5). An entry must be a tomato, cucumber and zucchini grown in Havre de Grace. Weigh them at Bahoukas. Phone 410-939-2770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The Friends of the Concord Point Lighthouse have a new fundraising venture to purchase a brick on the legacy walkway leading from the lighthouse to the O'Neill cannon, commemorating family, friends or loved ones ($100). Call 410-939-3213 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bethany Baker told me that about 30 have already been ordered.
A shopping opportunity for bargains is coming Sept. 21 (raindate Sept. 22). The Havre de Grace Community-wide Yard Sale. Advertised in national publications Antique Week and Antique Trader, this is our 11th sale. Set up in your own home, yard or business. Let us know you wish to participate at 410-939-6562 or 410-939-2100 and we will help advertise the event for free. Spaces are also available in a central location downtown for $10. Everyone mark the calendar to shop that date for bargains. Participants in Bulle Rock so far are 1107, 1113, 1118, 1119 Oak Tree Drive; 556 Ferdinand Drive; 413 Grandville Court; 403 Azra Court; 119 Flying Ebony Place; 220 & 242 Smarty Jones Terrace, 337 Snow Chief Drive and 226 N, Union Ave., downtown. The list grows!
Today (Friday) is Toasted Marshmallow Day, so a toast to birthday celebrants: Henry Mark Mathias and Phyllis Tayon (Aug. 30); and Bill Smart (Sept. 3), and wedding anniversary wishes to Ron and Carolyn Mathias and Robb and Sally Homes (Aug. 30); and Allan and Robin Burke (Sept. 6). Congratulations!
Ah, as summer wanes, can autumn be so far away? Keep me posted 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!